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Joseph Marks

Staff Correspondent Joseph Marks covers government technology issues, social media, Gov 2.0 and global Internet freedom for Nextgov. He previously reported on federal litigation and legal policy for Law360 and on local, state and regional issues for two Midwestern newspapers. He also interned for Congressional Quarterly’s Homeland Security section and the Associated Press’s Jerusalem Bureau. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown.
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CDC app will track injury and violent death trends

October 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded a 3-year contract to BNL Consulting on Monday to build a tablet and smartphone application that allow users to parse through state and national data on injuries and violent deaths, contracting documents show. The application will essentially be a mobile version of ...

What happens when staff use their own devices for work? They do their jobs.

October 15, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cash-strapped agencies are increasingly looking to outsource the cost of smartphones, tablets and even teleworkers’ laptops to the employees themselves. The basic theory behind bring-your-own-device policies is: why should agencies pay full price for something employees are already buying for themselves? The greatest barriers to implementing BYOD plans across agencies ...

DARPA to shift away from applied battlefield tech

October 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the U.S. commitment in Afghanistan winds down, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency should focus less on responding to immediate conflicts and more on tackling obstacles the United States could face years or decades in the future, the agency’s director said Friday. “We’re coming through an extended period with ...

Procurement documents show why IT reform won’t be easy

October 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two solicitation documents posted yesterday demonstrate how difficult information technology acquisition reform -- a top priority for both the White House and Congress -- can be. The first, for cloud hosting services at the Interior Department, has been a regular on FedBizOpps, the government’s contracting website, for months. The request ...

Pete Seeger’s digital legacy and other tech news

October 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow ESRI’s ArcGIS mapping system is now available in Amazon’s GovCloud, a government-only computer cloud that meets stringent security requirements, the companies announced Wednesday. The GovCloud is staffed only by American citizens, which means it can store information from the State, Defense and other departments covered by the International Traffic in ...

New app posts president’s daily documents

October 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. An application the Government Printing Office unveiled Wednesday gives citizens mobile access to the daily stream of documents coming from the White House, such as executive orders, presidential speeches and press releases. The Presidential Docs app also includes the commander in chief’s remarks on signing ...

HHS plan requires employees to outfit personal devices to agency standards

October 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Health and Human Services Department employees who wish to work with personal smartphones and tablets should pay upfront for the configurations and services necessary to securely access agency information, according to a strategy from HHS’ Chief Technology Officers Council posted online Monday. Employees also should have to secure express approval ...

This is just a test: Emergency responders tap the Twitterverse

October 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Anthony Barrero ran his hands over a large Google Earth image of the George Mason University campus Tuesday afternoon and assessed the situation. The map was covered with dots representing students, some of them sick and injured, sheltering after what appeared to be ...

Invest in big data, industry tells government

October 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies should appoint a single official to explore how new methods of data mining could enhance their mission and save costs, perhaps following the Federal Communications Commission’s model of a chief data officer, an industry group recommended Wednesday. Officials also should consider appointing a federal chief data officer to assess ...

The government wants your big data ideas

October 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A trio of agencies on Wednesday launched the first public challenge stemming from a $200 million White House investment in March in big data research and analysis. The Big Data Challenge will be focused on developing new software and algorithms that mine government datasets for valuable insights, said Suzi Iacono, ...